What to do with all that “Declutter”

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Decluttering is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. Everyone seems to be using it and I am certainly as guilty as the next person on that front. The beauty of it is that you can use it for almost anything; home (obviously) but also everything else from your work inbox to your emotional life. I have in the past had to let go of relationships that essentially were excess clutter in my life as they gave me anxiety and nothing positive.

That may sound selfish; but given that two of the best-selling books out right now are ‘The subtle art of not giving a f**k’ by Mark Manson and ‘The life changing magic of not giving a f**K’ by Sarah Knight then I’m clearly not alone. I’m not sure what that says about the state of the world today. It could mean that society is about to collapse as we all decide that we are only going to think about ourselves from now on or it could just mean that putting the word “f**k” in a book title means it will sell.

So welcome to my blog which I am re-naming “Declutter the f**k out of your home” (note I am not writing the f-word out in full in case my mum reads this and washes my mouth out with soap and water – she did honestly do that once).

Actually, this blog isn’t really about how to declutter. There is enough advice available on that already and seriously how hard can it be. Find some old tat that you’ve been hoarding for far too long and get rid of it. This blog is about what to do with the old tat once you decide to remove it from your life. If you live in a student or backpacker area then you could always just leave it outside and it will probably be gone the next day, but for the rest of us there needs to be a different option. By the way I am focusing on the home elements of decluttering for this blog, not the relationship decluttering. I don’t want to see dozens of dazed and confused boyfriends sitting on the kerb, evicted from their home because they peed on the toilet seat again!

{Digression – I know I just did a blog on being a maximalist and I definitely am one of those, but even minimalists need to go around their home every now and then and ask themselves, “do I really need this” and if not, then out it goes.}

So here are my top suggestions for what to do with all this stuff that no longer has a place in your new life:

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Sell it via the online market – eBay, Gumtree or Facebook market. Getting some cash in the pocket is a great incentive, not least because whilst you are clearing out that dusty bottom drawer at least you can say to yourself that you are being paid for this. Just don’t use the money earned to buy another load of old clutter!

Some pointers: take decent visible photos, write a clear description

Hold a market stall – I did this several years ago when I was still living with my parents and trying to pay off my travelling debts. It was quite a lot of work and although I had fun, I only made about $200 despite there being some good stuff there as everyone who buys at these markets wants a bargain. Goodbye Zimmerman dress for only $20! It still pains me to think about it.

Get some good karma by giving it to charity – there are some wonderful communities like ‘Mummies paying it forward’ who believe in donating the items directly to the people who genuinely need it and not on selling. You can contact them here

This is the one that I really recommend, you’ll do some good and feel good for it!

Ask your friends and family if they would like it. This is a great idea in practice unless you have a mum like mine who is a hoarder. I know she would take everything I offered, and I can picture myself in five years helping them declutter as they downsize their home and thinking “hang on this is my egg timer”. Her own mother survived a famine in Ukraine and I think drummed it into her never to throw away anything!

Let me know if you have any other great methods for disposing of your unwanted clutter (be it clothing or boyfriends).

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